Adult Courses

We are looking to run the following courses from September. To request a course guide when it is available please email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk, provide your postal address and ask for ‘Adult Course Guide 2018-2019’.

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as appropriate for you.

Courses start: Week commencing Monday 17 September

Time: Various times throughout the week

Venue: These courses run at various venues around Warrington

Course length:  up to 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification at school, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject, which some adults can find a little daunting.

Functional Maths in the daytime evening is offered at 5 different levels, so you can join a course suitable for your needs.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  The course you enrol for will depend on what skills you already have.  Please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk.  We can ring you back for a chat, to find out which course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

  • Measurement , shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

For this course, you must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification.  You will need to be committed to your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are under 19 and have a grade D (3) GCSE. In this case you will need to resit your GCSE.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider, or you are on an apprenticeship.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session (initial assessment) which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

Entry Level assessments are taken in class, whenever your tutor agrees that you are ready for them.

Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Maths exams are written problem-solving papers which lasts 1hour and 30 minutes.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions for your class as appropriate.  Tests are usually taken in your regular class time and place.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 and/or Level 2

Course Starts:   Monday 10 September 2018

Time:                6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                  Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification at school, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject, which some adults can find a little daunting.

Functional Maths in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills Maths, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not meet these requirements please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 4 September but you should ring to discuss and book.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

  • Measurement , shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

For this course, you must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification.  You will need to be committed to your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are under 19 and have a grade D (3) GCSE. In this case you will need to resit your GCSE.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider, or you are on an apprenticeship.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session (initial assessment) which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

The Functional Maths exam is a written problem-solving paper which lasts 1hour and 30 minutes.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions for your class as appropriate.  Tests are taken in college on Monday or Tuesday evenings.

The final exam is paper based, but under some circumstances, it can be done on line.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 11 September 2018

Time:                6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                  Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE.

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers.  It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university.  Priestley College offers the AQA 8700 GCSE qualification, which will strengthen your reading, writing and oral communication skills and enhance your CV.  The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination.  You will also take part in speaking and listening activities to develop both your presentation and discussion skills.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D (or Level 3 new grades) in GCSE English or a Level 2 in Functional Skills English.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you must complete a pre course initial assessment. You can download this from our website www.priestley.ac.uk/ (see the Adult Courses section).  Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Friday 31 August. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

Development of the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.

Develop the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Develop the skills needed to prepare and deliver a short presentation, on which you will be asked questions.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their reading, writing and oral communication skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  You should be prepared to work independently at home between classes.  This will include reading a variety of texts, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

100% exam assessed.

There will be two 1hr 45 minute exams assessing writing and reading.  Each exam makes up 50% of the final grade.

These exams will take place at Priestley College during the day.  Your tutor will inform you of exam dates. Please be aware that these dates are set by the exam board.

You will also be assessed on your spoken language.  This will also take place in college but will probably be in place of one of your timetabled classes.  You will prepare a 5 minute presentation and then answer questions from the class or teacher on that topic.  You will be awarded a grade of pass, merit, distinction or fail.

Course Starts: Monday 10 September 2018

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length: approx. 30 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

GCSE Mathematics is still one of the most recognisable and desirable qualifications enabling access to higher education and for career progression.  The course will also benefit any learner who would like to refresh their skills in mathematics.

It is a 30 week course of 2 hours per week, but learners must be prepared to spend at least another 2 hours weekly on further study.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D/3 in GCSE Maths or a Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths.

If you do not have either of these qualifications you will need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Monday 4 September.  Assessment will take about 1 ½ hours.  Please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book an assessment.

 

COSTS:

This course is free for anyone who does not already have maths GCSE grade C/3.

You will be required to have a calculator and some mathematical instruments, which will normally cost less than £10. Text books are optional but suggested books will be detailed in the first session.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course is split into four sections:

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages.
  • Statistics and Probability, which includes collection, organisation and presentation of data and the probability of events happening or not happening.
  • Algebra, which includes graphs and the use of algebra in equations and formulae.
  • Shape and Space, which includes perimeter, area and volume, angle properties and properties of shapes.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is for learners who narrowly failed GCSE Mathematics at their last attempt or who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

This is an intensive course and you must be able to commit to attending every week as well as doing work at home.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS AWARDED?

The final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel, specification 1MA1.  We follow the Foundation syllabus, which means the highest grade achievable is a 5.  (See below for explanation of new grading system.)

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There are 3 exam papers:  One is a non-calculator paper and two calculator papers which assess all of the topics we study. Each paper is a 1 hour 30 minutes exam.

Marks from the 3 papers are combined to give the final grade.

Please note that the three final exams take place during the day at Priestley College in May and June.  Provisional dates are Tuesday 21 May, Thursday 6 June and Tuesday 11 June.  If you are unable to attend on an exam date you should not enrol.

GCSE Maths is now assessed using the new grading system. Grades are now awarded as numbers (1-9) rather than letters (G-A*).

Courses start: week commencing Monday 17 September

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2 as appropriate for you.

Time: Various times throughout the week

Venue: These courses run at various venues around Warrington

Course length:  up to 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  The course you enrol for will depend on what skills you already have.  Please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk.  We can ring you back for a chat, to find out which course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units.  You need to achieve all 3 units before they can be “cashed in” to form the full award.

The units are:

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical to stimulate and motivate you in your work. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or even to “keep up with their children” at school.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are under 19 and have a grade D (3) GCSE English. In this case you will need to resit your GCSE
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are usually paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions as appropriate throughout the year.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor during designated sessions, where you will be expected to take part in discussions.  At level 2 you will also be assessed on a presentation to your class.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Course Starts: Tuesday 12 September 2018

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 and/or Level 2

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE

 

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills English, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not have this qualification please ring 01925 624455 or contact us by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete our pre-course initial assessment.  (This can be downloaded from our college website, via the Adult Courses button, or we can post it to you.)  Please note that pre-course assessments should be completed and returned to Anne McGrath at Priestley College before Friday 31st August.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units, which can be claimed individually.  However, you need to achieve all 3 units before they can be “cashed in” to form the full award.

The units are:

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical to stimulate and motivate you in your work. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or even to “keep up with their children” at school.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are under 19 and have a grade D (3) GCSE English. In this case you will need to resit your GCSE
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are usually paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions as appropriate throughout the year.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor during designated sessions, where you will be expected to take part in discussions.  At level 2 you will also be assessed on a presentation to your class.

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September  Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Many people go to, or want to visit, Italy for their holidays, yet are hindered from full enjoyment by a lack of basic Italian. Focusing on practical language skills, this course aims to give you that basic knowledge so that you will feel confident making greetings, ordering food and drink, asking for directions and so on.

Learn basic conversational Italian with the emphasis on oral skills.  This informal 10-week course is designed for beginners, but would also be suitable for those who have a little experience and would like to refresh or rehearse in pleasant company.

What are the key topics we will cover?

The course will follow the broad outline of the BBC Talk Italian course:

  • Buongiorno! Saying hello and goodbye, introducing yourself, getting to know people.
  • Di dov’è? Talking about where you’re from and your nationality, saying what you do for a living, giving your phone number
  • Questo è Paolo. Introducing friends and family, saying how old you are, talking about your family.
  • Un caffè, per favore. Ordering a drink in a bar, offering someone a drink, accepting or refusing.
  • Scusi, dov’è la stazione? Asking where something is, asking for help to understand, talking about where you live and work.
  • C’è una banca qui vicino? Understanding what there is in town and when it’s open, making simple enquiries, understanding directions.
  • Quanto costa? Understanding prices, asking for items in a shop, shopping for food in the market.
  • Vorrei una camera. Checking in at reception, finding a hotel room, booking ahead by phone, making requests.
  • A che ora parte? Asking about public transport, finding out train times, buying tickets, checking travel details.
  • Buon appetito! Reading the menu, asking about items on the menu, ordering a meal, saying what you like and don’t like, paying compliments.

Other topics may be added according to the interests of the group and the time available.  The tutor will also suggests activities that can be carried out between classes.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like to develop basic Italian conversational skills, vocabulary and grammar.  No previous experience is needed and all students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.  Note taking is kept to a minimum with the use of handouts which are regularly updated and improved.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

 

Who will teach you?

Stephen Hale.  Stephen has lived and taught English in Italy and has studied Italian for many years, starting himself with Beginners’ conversational classes in adult education!  It is an enthusiasm which, decades later, shows no sign of abating and he and his family enjoy their annual summer holidays in Italy.  Stephen has a degree in English Literature and taught English in high school, Sixth-form College and Adult Education for many years – he also teaches the GCSE English adult class at Priestly and until last year taught A-Levels here in the day.  Stephen is interested in Italian culture, history and art and has written on aspects of Italian design, film and architecture for magazines and newspapers.  He is also enthusiastic about Italian food, drink and wine, a passion he hopes to share with you.

Stephen’s classes are fun, interactive, practical and hands-on and you are guaranteed a warm welcome as you learn about the fascinating, mellifluous language that is Italian.  No previous expertise is required and all you need to bring is a notepad and something to write with – and your curiosity about Italy and Italian!  All other materials will be provided.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 11 September

Time:                6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:                  To be advised.

Concessions are available for some students, please enquire.

 Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) course covers many aspects of biology. It is an intensive one-year course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the sciences.

 

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes.  To be enrolled onto this course you should have gained a grade C in maths at GCSE or a level 2 Functional Skills maths qualification.  If you do not already have either of these qualifications you should be working towards one of them.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

You will also carry out practical work, and will keep a record book of 12 required practicals.  You may be examined on any of this practical work as part of the written papers.

 

Who will this course suit?

It is particularly useful for future nurses and primary school teachers who do not already possess a level 2 qualification in Science.  All adult learners (16+) with an appropriate maths qualification are eligible to take the course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

Yes.  The course leads to the AQA GCSE Biology (8461).  The new GCSE grade system will apply ie grades 1-9, with 9 being the highest level of achievement.

Most adult learners study for the Foundation tier.  The course content includes material for both Foundation and Higher tier.  Your tutor will assess your work and recommend the appropriate level for you to enter.  At Foundation level the grades achievable are 1-4.  At Higher level the highest grade awarded is 9.

 

How will the course be assessed?

There are two examinations, which must be taken in the daytime at College. Provisional dates are Tuesday 14 May 2019 and Friday 7 June 2019.  Your tutor will advise you of dates as soon as these are confirmed, as you may need to book time off work.

 

Examination component Time Contribution to the final mark

Biology 1: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

Biology 2: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

 

 

Details of the specification are to be found on the AQA website: aqa.org.uk

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September      Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee   £100

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

This Photography course is designed for those wanting to develop technical skills and a knowledge of how imagery can be applied to communicate an innovative vision of the world we live in.

You will be introduced to a range of different techniques that you can use with your digital camera.  You will explore the work of professional photographers in order to develop an understanding of the effects of composition and the use of different techniques on the final image, and how these affect the message conveyed by a photographic image.  You will also be introduced to basic Photoshop tools such as adjustments to colour and exposure, and removal of blemishes, in order to enhance the appearance of your imagery.  Throughout the course you will be supported to experiment in applying these techniques to your own photographic work.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will cover topics such as:

  • Composition, lighting and angles
  • File formats (JPEG, TIFF, RAW) and print/screen profile settings (Photoshop set ups)
  • Image sizes and resolution
  • DSLR camera dials and features including shutter speed, aperture and ISO (long exposures and depth of field)
  • Studio portrait lighting patterns, gel and projection lighting
  • Photomontage/ joiners
  • Lenses
  • White balance, metering modes, histograms, bit depths and channels
  • Ethics and legalities of photography
  • Presentation skills and visual communication- triptychs and diptychs, exhibition and web/print portfolios
  • WeTransfer and OneDrive – sending large files

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners with little prior knowledge of photography and those who already have some experience of using their digital camera.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera (ideally DSLR or a compact camera with manual functions) with a lead or card reader for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills:  You need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus.  Some knowledge of Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See checklist.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

 

Skills checklist for Digital Photography course

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest. However, you will practise a number of techniques widely used in photographic industries, as stated above.  The tutor will provide an indicative list of skills you have practised, if requested.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.  Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade” when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Taking the next step in the Spanish language.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 18 September      Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee:  £100

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will boost your confidence when speaking in Spanish, whether purely for fun at home and with friends, or to communicate with locals on holiday.  It is ideal if you have already taken our “Survive in Spanish” course or have learned a few basics somewhere else and want to improve.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will build on what you already know (basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers, vocabulary used when shopping, ordering food and drink, talking about the weather).  You will practise using different tenses so that you can talk about what’s happening now, what happened in the past and what you expect or hope to happen in the future.  Discussion of holidays, holiday homes, careers and leisure time will add to your vocabulary as you work through the course.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in improving their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the confidence to try!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish. You will build up your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and the aim is to increase your ability to create extended sentences in Spanish as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

An introduction to the Spanish language.

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September      Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is an opportunity to experience the enormous self-satisfaction of beginning to speak a foreign language. Whether it is purely a hobby at home or a goal to be able to communicate with the locals whilst on holiday, there is nothing like the feeling of saying your first spontaneous sentences in Spanish!

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will begin by learning basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers.  You will learn to talk about topics such as your family and hobbies.  You will also be able to find your way to places in town and to purchase items in shops.  Ordering food and drink in restaurants will be covered as well as visiting the doctor!  And, of course, you will find yourself being able to comment on the weather  – a must in any language!

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to start to speak Spanish.

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the confidence to try!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone interested in starting a new hobby.
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an introduction to Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish. You will build up your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and the aim is to increase your ability to create extended sentences in Spanish as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 18 September      Time:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee   £100

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This Digital and Manipulation course will introduce you to a broad range of techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various tools such as filters, layer masks and cloning tools to create high standard imagery.  You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio in completion of the course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Course content will include:

  • Understanding of the computer use and Photoshop overview
  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn, sponge and adjustment tools
  • Introduction to ‘layers’ and ‘layer masks’
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, brushes and text
  • Sharpening, smoothing and removing blemishes on a portrait using layer masks and clone/patch/spot healing brush tools
  • Straightening and whitening teeth using adjustment layers, brushes, cloning tool and transformations
  • Understanding of image output (size and print) – portfolio development

If you have any of your own personal learning objectives your tutor will try to accommodate these topics where possible.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who are first-time users of Photoshop and those who already have a little experience.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on a PC desktop, save images and use menus.  Some understanding of how to use Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See the checklist.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

 

Skills checklist for Digital Manipulation (Photoshop) course – beginners to intermediates

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  There are no formal assessments but your tutor will review progress and provide individual feedback throughout the course.  We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.  Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade” when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 25 September      Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  9 sessions                        Fee:  £90

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Are your ready to bring new energy into your life this autumn?  Whether your personal goal is to release stress, sculpt your body, burn calories or simply to enjoy exercising, this class will help you do so while having fun!  Exercise to music is a powerful way to ensure that exercise becomes an enjoyable habit, improving the health of the body and the mind.  Working out regularly with a group can create a sense of community, building up friendships and helping you to stay motivated and work harder than when exercising alone.

 

What does a Body and Mind Fitness class look like?

Each class consists of 2 modules:

  • 50 minutes of aerobic dance, providing cardiovascular training.
  • Approximately 1 hour of exercises focused on toning/core training/stretching and relaxation, designed to transform your body.

Don’t worry – between the two parts of the session there will be 10 minutes “happy time” for you to slow down and catch your breath.

Each class will work to balance all muscle groups’ strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles.  Some exercises are to be done on the fitness mat.  They are a challenging yet safe way to sculpt your body and to feel increased agility and flexibility in your everyday movements.

 

You will need:

Standard fitness clothes of your choice

Clean trainers – preferably not worn outside as you will be using our performance studio

A fitness mat eg those sold for yoga or Pilates

A water bottle

A friend to share the fun and the struggle (optional!)

 

Who will this course suit?

The course is suitable for all ages, genders, body shapes and fitness levels.  At the beginning of the course your tutor will ask you to complete a simple health questionnaire.  She will provide options within each activity, allowing you to work at a level appropriate for you.

Please note that the tutor will NOT instruct anyone who is pregnant.

If you wish to discuss any health issues that you think might be relevant, please contact us before enrolling on this course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

 

Who will teach you?

Iryna Bogdanova-Spittle.  Iryna is a qualified and experienced fitness instructor and a qualified dance teacher with a BA degree.  Apart from Body and Mind Fitness, Iryna teaches ZUMBA, aqua-aerobics, chair fitness, and has completed two years of martial arts training.

Iryna is originally from Russia but has lived and worked in Europe, teaching in many countries before settling in the UK.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 18 September      Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Websites and social media are a wonderful way of sharing thoughts and ideas with stunning impact.   You may feel like getting in on the action too by creating a weblog (an online diary) or a webpage of your own but do not know how to go about it.  This course shows you step-by-step how to create your own pages online. Designing your own webpage allows you to be very creative, have plenty of control and share your thoughts, ideas and pictures with family and friends without using social media.   You can even create a webpage to promote a club, social event or advertise a small business.  This course will show you the first steps in getting started, using available online tools – you will not need specialist software or coding skills.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include the following topics:

  • Using the internet safely and protecting personal information.
  • Computer health and safety.
  • Reviewing other websites to get good ideas
  • Creating and altering images for use in a webpage.
  • Preparing text to go on a webpage
  • Presenting and laying out text and images in on a webpage.
  • Using online design tools and web space to create your own page.

Other topics included can be according to your own interests and there is space in the course for you to complete a webpage mini-project of your choice.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit anyone who already has some experience of using a computer including basic word processing, use of images and saving files to folders.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. There is no qualification at the end of the course, but you will receive a completion certificate that shows a record of what you have achieved.

 

Who will teach you?

George Wells.  George first starting teaching ICT over thirty years ago and has continued to be passionate about the subject and job ever since. He is friendly, approachable and has a relaxed style, which seems to get the best out of people.  He frequently says ‘there is no such thing as a daft question’ and encourages learners to ask for as much help as they like, and  always adapts his teaching to meet the needs of individuals in his classes.  He always plans opportunities into his courses for learners to pursue their own interests through small group activities or mini-projects.  This is driven by George’s belief that classes should be fun and even the most challenging topics made possible by structuring learning into small steps so that everyone achieves success.

George has worked across the country, in schools, colleges, teacher training, production environments, and Adult and Community learning. His considerable experience of teaching is backed up by a teaching qualification from the University of Bristol, a Masters degree in Education (MEd) from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Liverpool.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 18 September      Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is a chance to find your own writing voice.  Perhaps you want to begin a blog, practice your poetry skills or write that bestseller.  Maybe you just want to develop a new, highly creative skill.  Or do you just want to have fun with words and make some new friends with similar interests?

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will cover a range of writing techniques, including poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction writing.  You will have time to practice writing skills you already have and to experiment with different styles and forms in a safe, reassuring environment which will help your confidence as a writer to grow.  You will quickly discover what kinds of writing suit you best and find your ‘voice’.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to writing creatively (or wanting to practice alongside like-minded people).

  • Anyone who has always had an interest in writing but hasn’t had the confidence to do anything about it.
  • Anyone who fancies trying something different, challenging and imaginative.
  • Anyone who has does some writing and would like a group of writers to share ideas with.
  • Anyone who has a potential bestselling novel in them and isn’t quite sure how to bring it out!
  • A potential blogger, journalist or poet.
  • Anyone who wants to know how to get their work published or is interested in entering writing competitions.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  This is an introductory course which will cover basic writing techniques in a number of different styles.  You will get the opportunity to focus on what you are interested in and be able to share your writing with others in a safe space.  Your writing, and your confidence as a writer, will improve as a result.

 

Who will teach you?

Karen Kendrick.  Karen is a qualified English teacher whose true passion is writing.  She has always loved writing and in 2014, after spending a few years looking after her children, decided to follow her dream and undertake an MA in Creative Writing (Experiment & Innovation). Since then she has had several short stories published by Bridge House publishing, has written a novel and has a writing blog. Karen is passionate not only about her own writing but also about helping fellow writers to achieve their own dreams.

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September      Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm

Course length:  10 weeks                          Fee   £75

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

This course will build your confidence and fitness levels through dance, introducing you to new styles of dance that you may not have tried before.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Classes will include some music-based warm-up activities getting you ready for the main part of the session.  You will then explore different styles of dance such as Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical.  You might spend 2 or 3 weeks working on each style but the timetable is flexible so different styles may be included or more time spent on one style if the group wishes to do so.  Your tutor will guide you to explore the different techniques required to perform each dance style.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course is suitable for any adult who is interested in exploring dance – the tutor will work with beginners and those who are more experienced.

This Course will cater to those who enrol and anyone who:

  • Has always wanted to learn a new style of Dance.
  • Is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a Dance is all about expressing yourself.
  • Wants to have fun
  • Wants to build self confidence
  • Anyone interested in starting a new hobby.
  • Wants to keep fit

Please note:  The course takes place in the college dance studio so you will work in bare feet.  Shoes/trainers are not to be worn in the studio.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This course is designed to keep you fit and active. It aims to help build your confidence as well as learning a new skill of co-ordination. It will challenge you physically as well as mentally through to use of exercise and self-motivation.

 

Who will teach you?

Emma Potter – an enthusiastic and highly motivated qualified teacher (PGCE in Further Education). I am an extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching Dance. I fell in love with dance at the age of 3 when my mum took me to my first ballet lesson. Since then I have regularly took dance classes in various styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. I have performed in many shows which have included dancing at The Royal Albert Hall and The Sadler’s Wells theatre in London.  I went on to graduate from Middlesex University in 2016 with a 2:1, studying Dance in which I undertook modules specialising in Teaching and Choreography. I am a qualified Level 2 Exercise to Music instructor and have lead many fitness classes to a range of abilities. I graduated from Edge Hill University in July 2017 with a PGCE in Further Education. I did my placement at West Lancashire College where I taught Level 3 BTEC Diploma of Performing Arts. This included Contemporary, Jazz and Tap dance. I choreographed several pieces for their dance show and assess students for their dance exams.

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September      Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Have you always wanted to learn a second language but never really found the motivation? This is your opportunity! This course will lead you through your first German language experience and we will be starting from scratch. It is not only filled with purposeful learning: You will also have a lot of fun while you take the steps towards a new, bilingual you.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

This course will cover all the classic topics to start learning a foreign language including

  • Self-introduction
  • Asking for directions
  • Commenting on the weather
  • Your family and hobbies.

However, the ultimate aim is to dive even deeper into it! The German culture and festivals, foods and drinks, dances and music as well as regional identities will be covered too. Depending on the weekly progression of the class the speed and contents will be tailored to your wishes and needs.

 

Who will this course suit?

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the motivation to start.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning to speak German – whether as a hobby, as a goal to communicate with locals whilst travelling or for even bigger aims!
  • Anyone who is open to new experiences and contacts and not afraid to make mistakes – mistakes are there to learned from!
  • Anyone who is keen on learning and trying out new things, whilst being highly rewarded with successful outcomes.
  • Anyone wanting to meet other people with the same interest.
  • Anyone who may be interested in continuing to learn German in even more depth following the introduction course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course. The aim of the course is to step into a new language and build upon those skills week by week. You will be gaining strong vocabulary knowledge and getting more and more confident in the language as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Divia Lorenz.  Divia is a highly motivated German native who moved to the UK almost 2 years ago. She moved abroad due to career opportunities whilst building strong language skills. She is currently working towards her teaching qualification and started teaching German as part of that progression. She is extremely enthusiastic and enjoys teaching her native language to motivated learners! Being originally from Germany, Divia is highly confident in the subject and can relate to the different stages of learning a second language. She is a young and driven individual, who will make every lesson a fun session.

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September      Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

There is no escaping the use of computers, they are everywhere!  Buying goods, booking hotels, car servicing, medical appointment, keeping in touch with family and friends, and of course in education and the workplace.  If you are an absolute beginner, feel you need to know more and get some practical experience with plenty of help, then this is the course for you.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include the following topics:

  • Switching on and starting the computer.
  • Using a mouse and keyboard.
  • Using the internet to search for information.
  • Saving and printing information from the internet.
  • Keeping your data and personal information safe when using the internet.
  • Computer health and safety.
  • Using email to send messages and other documents.
  • Creating and printing word processed (typed) documents.

Other topics included can be according to your own interests and there is space in the course for you to complete a mini-project of your choice.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit anyone who would like an introduction to using a computer.  No previous experience in needed.  You may be an absolute beginner, or have used a mobile device and now want to use a computer, or have used a computer but have gaps in your knowledge.  This course will be the perfect start.  Learning is in a small group and you will be supported every step of the way with small practical tasks to build your skills.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. There is no qualification at the end of the course, but you will receive a completion certificate that shows a record of what you have achieved.

 

Who will teach you?

George Wells.  George first starting teaching ICT over thirty years ago and has continued to be passionate about the subject and job ever since. He is friendly, approachable and has a relaxed style, which seems to get the best out of people.  He frequently says ‘there is no such thing as a daft question’ and encourages learners to ask for as much help as they like, and  always adapts his teaching to meet the needs of individuals in his classes.  He always plans opportunities into his courses for learners to pursue their own interests through small group activities or mini-projects.  This is driven by George’s belief that classes should be fun and even the most challenging topics made possible by structuring learning into small steps so that everyone achieves success.

George has worked across the country, in schools, colleges, teacher training, production environments, and Adult and Community learning. His considerable experience of teaching is backed up by a teaching qualification from the University of Bristol, a Masters degree in Education (MEd) from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Liverpool.

Course Starts:   Monday 24 September      Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                           Fee:  £90

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Did you know that…..

  • The Russian language is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world?

It is not only the state language of Russia, but is also widely used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, the Balkans, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA.

Russia is the 8th most used spoken language in the world, and one of the six official and working languages of the United Nations.

  • A large part of Russian culture can be discovered through its literature, music, ballet and cinema art?

Alexandr Pushkin and Lev Tolstoy, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Serge Diaghilev, Rudolf Nureyev and Maya Plisetskaya… you have a chance to learn more about the Russian contribution to the world’s cultural treasures, by these geniuses and many other people.

If you’ve dreamed of visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg, imagined yourself crossing Red Square or walking through the Winter Palace, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start learning the language.  No prior knowledge of Russian is required, all beginners are welcome.

Добро Пожаловать!

 

What are the key topics we will cover?

By the end of this course, your tutor hopes that:

  • You will be able to communicate in basic everyday situations including
  • Greetings
  • Daily routine
  • Finding your way
  • Telling the time
  • Making simple purchases
  • Ordering a meal
  • You will be able to understand very simple oral and written texts.
  • You will have gained an insight into Russian-speaking life, culture and society.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like to an introduction to this beautiful language and the Russian culture.  No previous experience is needed and all students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

 

Who will teach you?

Iryna Bogdanova-Spittle.  Iryna is a native Russian-speaking tutor.  She has a passion for languages and culture (especially Russian!).  Iryna holds a BA degree, and is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.  She believes that high-quality teaching and learning must be interesting, engaging and above all enjoyable for students and tutors alike.

Course Starts:   Monday 17 September      Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  10 sessions                      Fee:  £100

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Everyone has a story to tell. This is the opportunity for you to start telling yours!  The course will focus on writing a short film script, helping you to develop your creative writing skills along the way.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The script writing course will include:

  • developing an idea
  • the use of tag lines
  • how to write a synopsis
  • film outline and script.

The structure and formatting for scripts will be featured including the use of online script writing tools. Narrative structures will be explored, to help the creative writing process.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit anyone that has an interest in film or writing.  No previous experience is required.  Bring a pen and notepad so that you can start writing down your ideas and draft bits of creative writing.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course so the aim is for you to develop a story idea for a film that you’re interested in.

 

Who will teach you?

Hannah Callaghan. Hannah has a BA (Hons) in American Studies and Screen Studies from LJMU and has worked in television and film in the UK.  She gained extensive experience working in film and advertising in NYC.

Hannah currently runs her own small production company, GOSH! Productions Ltd, which has had films showcased at the Raindance Film Festival, Cannes and BAFTA.

Hannah has taught Film, Television and Media for the past six years and gained her Certificate in Education at the University of Chester.

Pre-course assessments 2018/2019

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

To enrol for the GCSE English course you must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.

 

Pre-Course Assessment GCSE English

To enrol for the GCSE Maths course you must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

To enrol for GCSE Biology you must already have a maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

The evening Functional Maths and English will be for Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

 

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

If you have any queries please email a.mcgrath@priestley.ac.uk for more information.

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

http://www.learninglinks.co.uk/programme/national-careers-service

Click on the link below to find information and contact details of local and national organisations that can help you to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about your next steps in education, training or employment.

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Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Community Learning Adult Learner Handbook

Term dates

ADULT LEARNER HANDBOOK

Fees Policy for 2017-18

Fees Policy for 2019-20

The 2014 to 2020 ESF programme